“You are already creative, even if it isn’t “art” (art being very broad and subjective). You wake up every morning and decide, with the resources at hand, what your day is going t look like; what you will eat; what you will wear; how your schedule is going to go. All those decisions are about intention and you are being creative. I see you as an artist already”
A more important question might be, “why does it matter?”
With all the things we need to do in a day/week/month/year, with all the chaos going on in the world right now . . . why does it matter if I wear something beautiful or if I make something beautiful?
It seems a long standing “rule” that paintings and sculpture are self -explanatory in this regard. Fabulous art evokes thought and feeling.
“More specifically, there is evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.2” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/
Many of us know that. I suspect I am ‘preaching to the choir’. There have been more studies done in recent years than I can keep up with, and with art and music programs being ditched in schools across the country, we are seeing effects that are unwelcome. Art and music activities have proven to increase academic performance, not to mention overall well being.
I believe that jewelry art is just as evocative and just as valuable as painting and sculpture. Would that surprise you?
Making things is good for the soul and good for those who observe as well.
Beyond the story I share of how/why I started this work, vs. traditional metal-smith, is the part where I was able to (and still do) retreat into this work when things are off balance/stressful/sad/scary.
Being able to sit, and be still and make something brings peace and relaxation – more often than those moments when I throw my head loop at the wall. It really is my “go-to”. It is my form of meditation and I get ideas and “answers” all the time.
Challenging events happen for people all the time. They can be DEFCON 5 or a DEFCON 1 or maybe just several blips on a personal Richter scale. It’s how we respond to those events that makes a difference in our state of being.
I have, for the most part, grown past my default of victimhood, curling up in a ball and crying all day. Those actions worked for a while . . . until they did not. I still do them sometimes, like when my computer got stolen. It is done with the understanding of releasing energy, not that it will fix the situation.
I’m a mom, an artist, a teacher, a business owner. In moments that seem momentous, I must still move forward . . . even if, imperfectly
When all else fails, I make something.
I got a newsletter article in my inbox this morning. Below is a quote from Sara Arey, the author. Sara is an exceptional human, business coach and my mindset coach. I have learned a great deal from her in the last few months and I thought this bit was neat.
“Finding your story is great, but like so very many things in life and in business, it’s not the end result that matters as much as the process you go through in getting there. What you learn and become along the way.” -Sara Arey http://www.refutureyourlife.com/whats-your-story/
What’s my goal here?
To have you consider the value of making something – daily, and of course for you to consider purchasing handmade treasures.
Art is more than something cool to look at. Adornment has meaning and expression. It can create community or discreate it. It tells people a bit about you. It translates your inner being.
You know that my master-plan for how to take over the world is to wave my wand and convince you all that doing what you love, and doing it often, will bring about world peace. I suspect things might seem a little boring at first, what with nothing seemingly substantial to talk about, but I’m sure there will still be actresses that do major cosmetic surgery that we can converse about. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I teach metal clay arts. I happen to think metal clay is the neatest thing since sliced bread. I also believe that it provides solace for the soul and an opportunity for growth. My work in this medium has been an incredible journey. Not only has it brought me centeredness when I needed it, I have also learned so much about myself, communities I play in, and other humans. I would go so far as to say, I am a much different person than I was in 2007.
Weather you play with me in an eight-week class, a Mostly OnLine program, or a three-hour mini-adventure. You are going to walk away with far more than technique. You will experience what it is like to have intention in your art and you will realize the healing and meditative benefits of the work, AND, you will have created some beautiful, awesomesauce, fine silver adornment in the process.
Honestly though, if you don’t want any of that extra woowoo, hoohaa, you don’t wanna take a class with me. I’m okay with that.
When you consider purchasing something from me, it’s more than a “bauble”. It’s handcrafted art and it resonated for you, or you would not have looked at it. Resonance is meaning. It’s that energetic moment when you catch your breath a little. It lights your soul. It might even assist you in staying on track with your intentions.
Again, if that’s not what you’re after in your adornment . . . I’m not the artist for you.
I found a couple more articles that I liked on the broader topic. You can check the out.
•“Why Art Matters” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-boone/why-art-matters_b_151428.html
•”Why Do the Arts Matter? Art Creates Community” http://artistthink.com/2013/02/23/why-do-the-arts-matter-art-creates-community/
When you are ready to learn more about the classes I teach and the work I create, send me an email: email@example.com.
Much Love and Light,